NEWS TO KNOW
Our daily roundup of headlines from Virginia and elsewhere.
• “New data from the Virginia Department of Health shows the percentage of children among patients hospitalized with COVID-19 is increasing. Experts say the shift demonstrates the urgency of youth vaccinations and the need for continued precautions in school.”—WRIC
• As COVID-19 cases continue to rise in Southwest Virginia, Ballad Health System said it is postponing all elective and non-emergency surgeries.—Herald Courier
• More than 6,000 Afghan refugees have arrived at Dulles International Airport. Gov. Ralph Northam says he expects about 10 percent will permanently resettle in Virginia.—Associated Press, Richmond Times-Dispatch
• A Norfolk jury found former city sheriff Bob McCabe guilty on 11 counts of fraud, conspiracy and money laundering connected to lavish gifts and cash he received from businessmen who had contracts with the city jail. He is being held without bond until he is sentenced in January.—Virginian-Pilot
• The Virginia Police Benevolent Association says it’s lobbying for a ban on ticket-writing quotas after a Virginia State Police sergeant scolded troopers for writing too few tickets and told them they should write a minimum of five a day.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• At the inaugural meeting of a legislative committee charged with studying campaign finance reform, lawmakers were told Virginia’s permissive laws make it a clear outlier as one of 10 states with no contribution limits on individual donations and one of five states with no limits on corporate contributions.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• The state gave $500,000 to the city of Richmond to launch a gun violence prevention program that targets children who failed middle school and have witnessed gun violence firsthand or have a sibling who committed gun violence.—Richmond Times-Dispatch
• Spotsylvania’s school board adjourned after 13 minutes, unable to agree on whether to hold a public comment period and facing an unruly crowd that began shouting about mask requirements.—Free Lance-Star
• The state liquor monopoly had another record-breaking year of sales, reporting $1.4 billion in gross revenue. It’s the third year in a row sales have topped $1 billion.—Virginia Business
• The mystery sickness that was blinding and killing birds appears to have disappeared. Wildlife officials say they still don’t know what caused it, but said people should feel free to set out bird-feeders again.—Washington Post
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